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    My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2

    Just picked this up, will be used mainly as a commuter, also for wet road rides, gravel, and point to point MTB races.

    Size M/L, 19.2 pounds bone stock without pedals.

    EDIT: Bathroom scale, likely wrong, more like 21 lbs (guessing)

    I switched out the tires to Vittoria Randonneur Cross Pro tires in 32c for commuting.

    Black bar tape and saddle.

    It has tabs for front and rear mudguards and racks, discs etc.

    Like it so far, have about 100 KM on it.
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    Nice Bike. Been thinking about this one for a while. What don't you like about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nods Dad View Post
    Nice Bike. Been thinking about this one for a while. What don't you like about it?
    nothing so far, about 120 KM on it in a week, mostly commuting.
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    I know there is no seatstay bridge, is there a chainstay bridge, and any chance of a picture of the chainstays taken from the underside showing the amount of tyre clearance, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjiCX View Post
    I know there is no seatstay bridge, is there a chainstay bridge, and any chance of a picture of the chainstays taken from the underside showing the amount of tyre clearance, thank you.
    I'll try to get some more pics
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    I know the BB is actually pretty high (low BB drop), but its got a long front center - how does it handle in fast downhills - does it feel less "planted" than road bikes and such with lower bottom brackets, or does the longer front-center compensate?

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    Hi,
    Swerny,how tall are you?
    Been looking at one of these but deciding between sizes?
    I am 6'2" and 34" inside leg.
    Thinking large but just wanna make sure,
    Thanx,
    Max

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    Congrats, the bike looks amazing. I can't wait for mine that is coming this week. Stoked!
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    This bike does it all!

    I've got on too and it has been an excellent ride so far. I've used it for some road rides with some 25/28 tires on it, commute with rack and fenders, and have ridden off-road/gravel/paths, etc. So far, this bike has been really responsive and fun to ride. I think I've got about 700km on mine.

    I switched the bar tape and saddle as well to black, as white would get way too dirty. I also put in a 34/46 CX70 crankset. I'm riding a S.

    There is no chain stay bridge, nor a seat stay bridge. I'm using the Axiom disc streamliner rack and the SKS Velo 47 Trekking fenders with the optional stays. This stabilises the front, using the eyelets and on the rear, I managed to rig a clamp on the rack which gives a point of attachment that you would normally have on the seat stay bridge. The only disadvantage of this setup is that the fender only comes down halfway along the seat tube.My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-2.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-5.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-3.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-4.jpgMy new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-giant-tcx-slr-2-1.jpg
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    Mike,

    How do you like the Vittoria tires? I was looking at those too, but the one thing that I kept seeing was that they wear pretty fast. How have they been holding up for you?

    I've been using a set of Specialized Roubaix 25/28s off of my last bike (destroyed when a car hit me) and they've been pretty good on the road, but once I get off of gravel or paved paths, I like to have the cyclocross tires on there. The stock Schwalbes have been pretty good off road (I took the bike through Crothers Woods the other day) but are a little slow on the commute.

    I've got a set of Conti Top CONTACT Winter II's that I'm going to use once the snow starts flying (I'm in Toronto as well, so who knows what we'll get this year), but would appreciate your feedback on the Vittorias, as I was looking for a narrower CX tire for commuting (using paths, roads, trails).

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    I've got on too and it has been an excellent ride so far. I've used it for some road rides with some 25/28 tires on it, commute with rack and fenders, and have ridden off-road/gravel/paths, etc. So far, this bike has been really responsive and fun to ride. I think I've got about 700km on mine.

    I switched the bar tape and saddle as well to black, as white would get way too dirty. I also put in a 34/46 CX70 crankset. I'm riding a S.

    There is no chain stay bridge, nor a seat stay bridge. I'm using the Axiom disc streamliner rack and the SKS Velo 47 Trekking fenders with the optional stays. This stabilises the front, using the eyelets and on the rear, I managed to rig a clamp on the rack which gives a point of attachment that you would normally have on the seat stay bridge. The only disadvantage of this setup is that the fender only comes down halfway along the seat tube.
    Did you also swap the brakeset? I see TRP on the calipers but I thought it came with the new Shimano cx version?

    I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a M/L tcx 2, yours looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marinwolfrider View Post
    Did you also swap the brakeset? I see TRP on the calipers but I thought it came with the new Shimano cx version?

    I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a M/L tcx 2, yours looks awesome!
    The TRP Spyre brake set came stock on the bike and is excellent! I believe it was originally spec'd with the Shimano 515 set, but there was a recall. I've seen the Spyre now on Canadian and German versions of the bike. This bike is an amazing deal here in Canada an lists $100 less than in the US!

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    I have also been looking very closely at this bike. I just recently sold my HT 29er because I just don't have the time to load up, drive, ride repeat. Anyone else using this as their 1 do all bike? Any concerns with this Giant?

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    Chris,

    I've been using it now for about a month and it's been great for pretty well everything. I commute with it during the week with rack, fenders and two panniers, riding both roads, bike paths and some trails. On weekends I've taken it out on mountain bike single track, gravel and paths, as well as throwing on some 25/28 tires and going out on 100k road rides. The bike is really comfortable, stable, stiff and surprisingly light.

    The only issue I would say that I've had is when I change the wheels, I have to adjust the disc brake callipers a little bit, but it doesn't take me long to do it now.

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    Thanks much good to hear, this is on the short list for sure. Question does the SLR 2 have a thru axel up front or is that just the SLR 1? Thanks for all your help.

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    It's a regular 9mm (I think) standard quick release. It's not the 15mm through axle which is on the next model up. I looked at that model, but it was a little too much for a commuter/multi-use bike, it would limit my ability to use existing wheel sets, and I didn't want to use the first generation of the hydraulics. In addition to the 15mm through axle, the fork is larger at the top and uses the Giant overdrive 2 headset, which has limited stem choices if you want to upgrade anything in the future.

    That being said, I'm really happy with the bike, and I guess I could always upgrade the fork, but would need to upgrade stem, and wheels as well, which could start to get expensive...

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    Hi Toronto,

    May I know how to install the rear rack for this bike??
    Is there any self-made/modification on the seat clamp mount, so that the rear rack can be installed?? Coz I would like to use this bike for mid touring.

    Thanks!

    Andes

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    The bike comes with a little adapter and bolts which mount on the back by the seat post. It has a d-shaped seat post (non-standard) which is held in place by a clamp which sits flush with the seat tube, using 2 bolts. The rack adapter fits on the back of this clamp with a couple or 'extenders' and uses longer bolts. It's a pretty clean and solid solution I've found and I normally just leave it in place, even when I remove the rack and fenders.

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    Is it able to take a photo on that "extenders", or another angle of that part of seat clamp?

    By the way, how tall are you??
    I'm 165cm tall (about 5'5") and 73.5cm inseam. I'm thinking to get XS size or S size.
    As I usually ride the bike in 51.5- 52cm top tube (mostly XS size) with 90mm stem,
    but this bike is using shorter stem (70mm in XS and 80mm in S), so maybe S size also fit.

    Do you think the frame is slightly larger than the normal TCR road bike? or in opposite?

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    I'm 5'7" and riding the S. I ride the TCR Advanced 0 in a M. The TCX SLR frame doesn't have the same top tube slope as the TCR.

    Here's the adapters:My new 2014 Giant TCX SLR 2-tcx-slr-rack-adapter.jpg

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    Tektro Spyre Brake recall

    Also note that there has been a recall on the Spyre brakes on the bike. I'm taking mine in to the shop today and they'll replace with the new parts when they have them.
    TRP Recalls Spyre and Spyre SLC Disc Brake Dual Piston Calipers | Cyclocross Magazine ? Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAX LLOYD View Post
    Hi,
    Swerny,how tall are you?
    Been looking at one of these but deciding between sizes?
    I am 6'2" and 34" inside leg.
    Thinking large but just wanna make sure,
    Thanx,
    Max
    I'm 6'0 with a 32 inch inseam riding a M/L.

    I think L would be right for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    Mike,

    How do you like the Vittoria tires? I was looking at those too, but the one thing that I kept seeing was that they wear pretty fast. How have they been holding up for you?

    Thanks,

    Harris
    This is the second set of these tires I have run, I had a set on my prior bike (Kona Major One).

    Treadwear isn't the greatest but they are lightweight and I have never had a single flat with them, commuting or on gravel.

    I buy them on sale from Bike Nashbar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronto Commuter View Post
    The TRP Spyre brake set came stock on the bike and is excellent! I believe it was originally spec'd with the Shimano 515 set, but there was a recall. I've seen the Spyre now on Canadian and German versions of the bike. This bike is an amazing deal here in Canada an lists $100 less than in the US!
    Interesting, my LBS replaced the recalled Shimano calipers with upgraded units.


    I haven't been on the bike much as of late, but I am very happy with the purchase.

    You have to go to the SLR1 to get the front 15 MM axle
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    So there is no adaptor in the fork converting it to QR that you can take away and use with 15mm axle. I think I notice it before but maybe I'm wrong. Are you able to check it?

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    I finally got my TCX SLR2.
    That is really a nice bike, especially for riding in different kind of roads.

    As my area got lots of hills to climb, I found 36TX28T is not enough for me to do so (especially after a 80KM long riding).
    I knew 105 could only support max 28T, but I also heard lots of ppl successfully change it to 32T, they said it depends on the lenght of rear hanger.
    So is anyone here tried to replace the cassette to 11-32T successfully??

    I also plan to change the crankset to 50/34 later on. And I hope the 34X32T is enough on the long climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andeschau View Post
    I finally got my TCX SLR2.
    That is really a nice bike, especially for riding in different kind of roads.

    As my area got lots of hills to climb, I found 36TX28T is not enough for me to do so (especially after a 80KM long riding).
    I knew 105 could only support max 28T, but I also heard lots of ppl successfully change it to 32T, they said it depends on the lenght of rear hanger.
    So is anyone here tried to replace the cassette to 11-32T successfully??

    I also plan to change the crankset to 50/34 later on. And I hope the 34X32T is enough on the long climbing.
    andeschau - have you gotten any further with your gearing ideas? I've got a few 25% climbs near me and so it could be handy to at least change something.
    Doubt you could change to 50/34 AND 11-32? that adds a huge number of teeth and surely well out the range of the 105 rear mech?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anoobis View Post
    andeschau - have you gotten any further with your gearing ideas? I've got a few 25% climbs near me and so it could be handy to at least change something.
    Doubt you could change to 50/34 AND 11-32? that adds a huge number of teeth and surely well out the range of the 105 rear mech?
    I found out the Cassette is actually using 12-30, instead of 11-28.
    so I guest I won't change it at this moment.
    Just try to ride more, and build up more muscle first.

    But by turning the b-Screw of rear mech, I think 105 SS could mount the max 32T. (Although 105 ss said only for MAX 28T, but hey, the original setting is already 30T!)

    However if I change the crankset to 50/34 with 11-32T, I believe I would need to buy a new chain to do so. So maybe later, I could buy a Ultegra crankset with BB86, new chain, and XT 11-32 Cassette to change it at the same time.

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    Me like it so bad

    ride safe, they look awesome.

    would really appreciate some single trek review

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    Quote Originally Posted by andeschau View Post
    I found out the Cassette is actually using 12-30, instead of 11-28.
    so I guest I won't change it at this moment.
    Just try to ride more, and build up more muscle first.

    But by turning the b-Screw of rear mech, I think 105 SS could mount the max 32T. (Although 105 ss said only for MAX 28T, but hey, the original setting is already 30T!)

    However if I change the crankset to 50/34 with 11-32T, I believe I would need to buy a new chain to do so. So maybe later, I could buy a Ultegra crankset with BB86, new chain, and XT 11-32 Cassette to change it at the same time.
    I'm running the Ultegra CX70 crankset with a 46/34, the 105 SS RD and an Ultegra 12-30. I also put on the Ultegra chain and all is running quite well. I've found that this gets me up pretty well everything, although I do see that the 11-speed new Ultegra RD is offered in a GS and will run a 34 I believe. I think this bike would also be great with the Ultegra di2 system on it...

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    Just picked up a SM for my wife - fitting was yesterday and swapped out a few components to make it more female friendly (stock saddle was an a$$ hatchet and swapped out the bars)

    I'm super jealous - my Felt F75x is showing its age after 3 seasons of busy racing.

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    hey Toronto Commuter,

    How did yo get on with switching out the Bottom Bracket of the 2014 TCX SLR 2?
    Pretty sure it is a FSA Press Fit BB, although the spec says Mega Exo - which i believe is the bearings that are integrated into the Omega crank. Not sure.

    If anyone is doubting this bike. Don't.
    So much bang for the buck, great spec for a great price.
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    My wife's - so far she loves it


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    Quote Originally Posted by simonj View Post
    My wife's - so far she loves it

    So has everyone switched out the bar tape then?

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    She switched saddles, so naturally I had to use black bar tape to match.

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    I think the white tape (and saddle) on a bike that's meant to be ridden in the mud was kind of silly to begin with. I thought about switching it to red, but it was a bit of a pain to find a red saddle that I liked.

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    Also black bar tape, the white didn't even make it out of the LBS.

    First real bike, quite happy with it. Logged about 200km on it so far.

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    Looks like someone is actually using their bike for riding, commuting and function over form. I like it! Those fenders are talking to me: buy this bike, put these on and make rainy riding a bit more bearable. Great bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by westin View Post
    Looks like someone is actually using their bike for riding, commuting and function over form. I like it! Those fenders are talking to me: buy this bike, put these on and make rainy riding a bit more bearable. Great bike!
    Good point, we tend to forget sometimes that bikes are transportation first. Someone else in another post mentioned how many (maybe most) bikers add miles to their cars driving them to some place to ride, rather than riding replacing driving. I'm trying to do both less driving and more riding and frankly, fenders and two sets of tires for the Fargo is helping a lot. I do miss my CX bike and sometimes wish I'd gotten a Warbird instead of the Fargo, but then conditions change and 2.2s make more sense than a dedicated gravel bike.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    So to all of you that have had these for a while any issues or concerns about the build or spec?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    So to all of you that have had these for a while any issues or concerns about the build or spec?
    Other than the brake recall (not an issue for you) none in 1000+ miles

    I have heard mention of the Hubs being a bit sub par, but frankly for a cycle-to-work budget bike you are not going to get great wheels.

    For a mostly 105 drive chain (fsa crank) it is great quality for a great value price.

    There are many great bikes, this is definitely one of them in this price bracket.

    All issues (other than recall) have been adjusting the fit as I am too tight to pay for a proper bike fit.

    Looking forward to putting on thinner/ non-knobbly tyres and a 50T as I seem the be spending most of my time on Tarmac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    So to all of you that have had these for a while any issues or concerns about the build or spec?
    Depends on the usage of this bike. I don't use it for CX, but for short tour and commuting. So I have some minor issues/concerns after my 1200KM riding:

    1. The original wheelset is heavy!! However, the 135mm spacing for the Rear wheel is 2 sides blade indeed. If using for sporting or short tour, you cannot choose to use the lighter RB wheelset, so it just fit the relatively heavy 29er wheelset (mostly are 28-32 spokes), but not the 700c one (20-24 spokes).

    2. FSA stock crankset is heavy... and the small chain-ring is not small enough. I prefer the 50/34T compact RB crankset if using for short tour. Using this bike to climb long hill is quite a problem for me, even using 36TX30T.

    3. Another issue is the long chainstay, it is also the 2 sides blade. Yes, it provides a longer wheelbase for stable and comfortable rides; but it also affects the acceleration and climbing ability too.

    Point 1&2 could be easily solved by $$! And other than that, this is a perfect bike for touring and commuting!

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    What does 2 sides blade mean?

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    Thanks so much for everyone's input. I won't be racing or anything, just mixed surface riding, mostly gravel etc. I find with life these days loading my 29er, driving to the trail etc is becoming more and more time consuming. Gonna unload that and move into something more suitable to jumping on going riding whatever is front of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post


    Also black bar tape, the white didn't even make it out of the LBS.

    First real bike, quite happy with it. Logged about 200km on it so far.
    Loving this look. I've just bought one of these and I'm struggling to find some mudguards (Fenders??) to fit and how to keep them on. Can you explain or provide some close up pics of what you've done. And which model 'guards have you fitted.
    Cheers.

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    I'll post some details but they are planet bike Cascadia fenders from MEC

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    Quote Originally Posted by P90Puma View Post
    I'll post some details but they are planet bike Cascadia fenders from MEC

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    Thanks, appreciate it. I've contacted Giant UK and they've said there's no proprietary guards to get it and despite being made with rack mounts and fittings for a front guard you can't fit a rear one! Beautiful!!
    Clearly you have proved them wrong and so will I:-)

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    Good job! Thanks for the inspiration !

    Here's mine, stock build + tubeless conversion

    btw,
    both rims and tires are tubeless ready,
    worked great after applying stan's rim tape and some sealant
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    i dont mean to come over obsessed about weight, but seeing as i had my tires and tubes off i thought i would get some rough weights for the wheelset using some cheap electronic kitchen scales (it took a bit of balancing to get the wheel weights, but reasonable ball park figures).

    Original Skewer - 55g
    Original Tube - 123g
    Schwalbe 35mm - 412g
    Front Wheel w/Rim Tape & Rotor - 1.15kg
    Rear Wheel w/Rim Tape & Rotor / Dork Disk & Cassette (30T-12T) 1.73kg

    From recollection the Rotors are a touch over 100g and allowing 400g for the cassette and Dork Disk the bare wheel set (without rotor, disk and cassette) ballpark weight would be would be:
    1.15kg + 1.73kg = 2.88 kg
    - 2 x 100 (rotors) & 400 (cassette and disk) = - 600g

    = 2.28 kg
    (*Ballpark*)
    ---- front wheel ~ 1050g ---- rear wheel ~ 1230g

    Dont feel you must rush out to buy a lighter wheelset,
    It is not to difficult to cut 200g+ off each wheel by putting on lighter tyres and tubes, which is almost 0.5kg off the weight of the bike and it is taken off the best place (rotating mass furthest from the center).

    Loving this bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNewOriginal View Post
    Here's mine, stock build + tubeless conversion
    great. any issues with the process?

    whart psi are you inflating the super swans to?

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    Smile Grammage

    Weighed my stock wheels today, stripped. Just with rim tape.. - FRONT - 1055g - REAR - 1265g
    Last edited by Flewbags; 05-16-2014 at 02:52 PM.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    So to all of you that have had these for a while any issues or concerns about the build or spec?
    I picked up my TCX SLR 2 about 6 weeks ago and so far after 1000km's it's been pretty solid. Just a few points:

    -Seat post is carbon fibre and self-aligning so make sure you use a torque wrench to adjust the seat height.

    -The specs on the website show that the brakes are suppose to be Shimano BR-R515 mechanical disc but mine came with Avid BB7 Road instead. Earlier versions of the SLR 2 came with TRP Spyre brakes that were recalled. So check the specs at your LBS before buying.

    -Bike fit was tricky. I'm 178cm (5'10" roughly) with a 32 inseam and I ride a medium frame (52.5cm). This size is good for off-roading but for commuting I had to increase the stem length to 110mm.

    Other than that, the specs are pretty good for the price! Shimano 105 drive train is pretty smooth!






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